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Weigand, Prince off to state

Tennis seniors earn fourth seed

   Madras High seniors Craig Weigand and Bob Prince aren't done playing boys tennis for the White Buffalos yet.
   By reaching the semifinals before bowing twice in what were seeding matches at the special district tournament they were part of last Friday and Saturday, Prince and Weigand earned tickets to this week's state tournament in Eugene.
   "I think it was their attitude more than any other thing. They were very positive all tournament long," said Madras coach Roy Gould.
   In claiming the fourth seed, Prince and Weigand earned their first trip the state championship. A loss in the essential quarterfinal round turned them away two previous years.
   While none of their teammates joined Weigand and Prince in earning trips to the state tournament, a number of them came within a game or two of also continuing.
   "We had a lot of players show some promise," said Gould.
   Though bumped out in the second round, Omer Goodson and David Adams displayed strong futures in picking up a few games in their loss to Baker's eventual state qualifiers in VanArtsdalen and Cummings, Gould said. That is a Madras boys pairing which can return intact.
   After losing their first match to Baker's Baxter-Frantam twosome, Kerry Scott and Brandon Cox of Madras rebounded to collect team points for the Buffs with a sixth-place finish in doubles at the district tourney.
   They won once on Friday and again on Saturday after their defeat to reach the consolation bracket's final. But Cox and Scott fell to Baker's Wheeler and Huntsman 6-2, 6-2.
   In singles, Adam Behrends came closest to earning Madras any points for his finish as he reached the quarterfinals only to get beat by Ontario's Payton Aavertad, 6-0, 6-0.
   First-round singles wins were recorded by Behrends and Matt Lermer, who beat Vale's Matt Johnson, while Dustin Gillett fell in that round. Lermer's journey through the winners bracket was short-circuited by Baker's Luke Rembold in the second round.
   There will be no more formal school tennis left for the Madras players, but he does intend to have some open sessions set up on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the late spring and early summer to help returnees polish their games for next year, Gould said.